Emotions between Greece and Rome

source : Institute of Classical Studies

Emotions for web Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies  SUPPLEMENT 125 published 1 May 2015:



Emotion in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds is now an established field of research in classical studies, but so far scholars have made surprisingly few attempts to investigate the emotions of the two cultures in comparative terms.

In this innovative and timely collection, nine leading scholars make a start on that project. Topics include: differences between the Greek and Roman emotional repertoires; the semantic fields and scripts  covered by comparable Greek and Latin terms; the impact of bilingualism; the fate of emotion terms in translation; the way Roman authors deal with the emotional aspects of their Greek literary models; Greek and Roman views of the emotional character of their counterparts in the other culture.

BICS SUPPLEMENT-125     ISBN  978-1-905670-53-6  viii + 200 pp, indexes

Price £30 plus p&p

The Renaissance of emotion

Source : Manchester University Press

9780719090783img01The Renaissance of emotion. Understanding affect in Shakespeare and his contemporaries

Edited by Richard Meek and Erin Sullivan,

Manchester University Press, 2015.

This collection of essays offers a major reassessment of the meaning and significance of emotional experience in the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Recent scholarship on early modern emotion has relied on a medical-historical approach, resulting in a picture of emotional experience that stresses the dominance of the material, humoral body. The Renaissance of emotion seeks to redress this balance by examining the ways in which early modern texts explore emotional experience from perspectives other than humoral medicine.

The chapters in the book seek to demonstrate how open, creative and agency-ridden the experience and interpretation of emotion could be. Taken individually, the chapters offer much-needed investigations into previously overlooked areas of emotional experience and signification; taken together, they offer a thorough re-evaluation of the cultural priorities and phenomenological principles that shaped the understanding of the emotive self in the early modern period. The Renaissance of emotion will be of particular interest to students and scholars of Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, the history of emotion, theatre and cultural history, and the history of ideas.

Richard Meek and Erin Sullivan
Part I – The theology and philosophy of emotion
1: The passions of Thomas Wright: Renaissance emotion across body and soul – Erin Sullivan
2: ‘The scripture moveth us in sundry places’: framing biblical emotions in the Book of Common Prayer and the Homilies – David Bagchi
3: ‘This was a way to thrive’: Christian and Jewish eudaimonism in The Merchant of Venice – Sara Coodin
4: Robert Burton, perfect happiness and the visio dei – Mary Ann Lund
Part II – Shakespeare and the language of emotion
5: Spleen in Shakespeare’s comedies – Nigel Wood
6: ‘Rue even for ruth’: Richard II and the imitation of sympathy – Richard Meek
7: What’s happiness in Hamlet? – Richard Chamberlain
Part 3 – The performance of emotion
8: ‘They that tread in a maze’: movement as emotion in John Lyly – Andy Kesson
9: (S)wept from power: two versions of tyrannicide in Richard III – Ann Kaegi
10: The affective scripts of early modern execution and murder – Frederika Bain
11: Discrepant emotional awareness in Shakespeare – R. S. White and Ciara Rawnsley
Afterword – Peter Holbrook

Brian Massumi, The Politics of Affect


‘The capacity to affect and to be affected’. This simple definition opens a world of questions – by indicating an openness to the world. To affect and to be affected is to be in encounter, and to be in encounter is to have already ventured forth. Adventure: far from being enclosed in the interiority of a subject, affect concerns an immediate participation in the events of the world. It is about intensities of experience. What is politics made of, if not adventures of encounter? What are encounters, if not adventures of relation? The moment we begin to speak of affect, we are already venturing into the political dimension of relational encounter. This is the dimension of experience in-the-making. This is the level at which politics is emergent.

In these wide-ranging interviews, Brian Massumi explores this emergent politics of affect, weaving between philosophy, political theory and everyday life. The discussions wend their way ‘transversally': passing between the tired oppositions which too often encumber thought, such as subject/object, body/mind and nature/culture. New concepts are gradually introduced to remap the complexity of relation and encounter for a politics of emergence: ‘differential affective attunement’, ‘collective individuation’, ‘micropolitics’, ‘thinking-feeling’, ‘ontopower’, ‘immanent critique’. These concepts are not offered as definitive solutions. Rather, they are designed to move the inquiry still further, for an ongoing exploration of the political problems posed by affect.

Politics of Affect offers an accessible entry-point into the work of one of the defining figures of the last quarter century, as well as opening up new avenues for philosophical reflection and political engagement.

Understanding Emotions in Early Europe

Understanding Emotions in Early Europe

M. Champion, A. Lynch (eds.)
XXXIV+357 p., 156 x 234 mm, 2015
ISBN: 978-2-503-55264-4
Languages: English
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Drawing on the latest scholarship from international resarchers, this dedicated collection investigates how medieval and early modern Europeans understood and articulated emotions.

This book investigates how medieval and early modern Europeans constructed, understood, and articulated emotions. The essays trace concurrent lines of influence that shaped post-Classical understandings of emotions through overlapping philosophical, rhetorical, and theological discourses. They show the effects of developments in genre and literary, aesthetic, and cognitive theories on depictions of psychological and embodied emotion in literature. They map the deeply embedded emotive content inherent in rituals, formal documents, daily conversation, communal practice, and cultural memory. The contributors focus on the mediation and interpretation of pre-modern emotional experience in cultural structures and institutions — customs, laws, courts, religious foundations — as well as in philosophical, literary, and aesthetic traditions.

This volume thus represents a conspectus of contemporary interpretative strategies, displaying close connections between disciplinary and interdisciplinary critical practices drawn from historical studies, literature, anthropology and archaeology, philosophy and theology, cognitive science, psychology, religious studies, and gender studies. The essays stretch from classical and indigenous cultures to the contemporary West, embracing numerous national and linguistic groups. They illuminate the complex potential of medieval and early modern emotions in situ, analysing their involvement in subjects as diverse as philosophical theories, imaginative and scholarly writing, concepts of individual and communal identity, social and political practices, and the manifold business of everyday life.

Table of Contents

Understanding Emotions: ‘the things they left behind’ — MICHAEL CHAMPION and ANDREW LYNCH

I. Intellectual Traditions

From Regret to Remorse: The Origins of a Moral Emotion — DAVID KONSTAN

Representing Emotions in Three Byzantine Orations of Michael Psellos — MICHAEL CHAMPION

‘Tears such as angels weep’: The Evolution of Sadness in Demons — JUANITA FEROS RUYS

Emotional Strategies in the Early English Lyric — DANIEL ANLEZARK

II. Literature

‘What Passion cannot Musick raise and quell!’ The Pindaric Ode and the Musical Sublime in the History of Emotions — MIRANDA STANYON

Embodied Emotion, Conceptual Metaphor and the Aesthetics of Reading Old English Poetry — ANTONINA HARBUS

Guinevere as ‘Social Person’: Emotion and Community in Chrétien de Troyes — ANDREW LYNCH

Positive Emotion in the Thirteenth Century: The Emotional World of Goswin of Bossut — JENNIFER CARPENTER

Decoding the Emotions in Aphra Behn’s and Anna Maria Falconbridge’s Travel NarrativesMARGARETE RUBIK

III. Social History and Material Culture

Fear, Gender and Violence in Early Modern Ireland  — DIANNE HALL

Fear of Crime in Eighteenth-Century London — ROBERT SHOEMAKER

Reality and Ritual in the Medieval King’s Emotions of Ira and Clementia — PENELOPE NASH

Affective Bequests: Creating Emotion in York Wills, 1400–1600 — LISA LIDDY

‘Memento mori': Love/Fear of and for the Dead amongst Early Homo sapiens: Archaeological Approaches — SANDRA BOWDLER and JANE BALME

Notes on Contributors


Historia de las emociones, dernier numéro de Vinculos de Historia

Consacré à l’histoire des émotions, ce numéro thématique de la revue d’Histoire de l’Universidad de Castilla-La ManchaUniversidad de Castilla-La Mancha (Tolède) est  désormais disponible ici , avec un article de ma plume.

Voici la table des matières :

Tabla de contenidos

PRESENTACIÓN DEL DOSSIER: Las emociones han vuelto
Rafael Villena Espinosa

Dossier Monográfico

La historia de las emociones, ¿de qué es historia?
What is the History of Emotions the History of?
Javier Moscoso
Ampliar el marco. Hacia una historia material de las emociones
Extending the framework. Towards a material History of the emotions
Juan Manuel Zaragoza Bernal
Arqueología de las emociones
An archaeology of emotions
Ángel Rivera Arrizabalaga
“Miserantes eorum crudelius saeviebamus”: la “compasión” de los magistrados romanos ante el martirio cristiano
Miserantes eorum crudelius saeviebamus: The “Compassion” of Roman Judges before Christian Martyrdom
Raúl González Salinero
Las emociones medievales: el amor, el miedo y la muerte
Medieval emotions: love, fear and death
María Luisa Bueno Domínguez
L’historien de l’émotion de l’autre côté du miroir? Expérience affective dans la vita de Lukarde d’Oberweimar
The historian of emotions through the looking glass? Affective experience in the vita of Lukardis of Oberweimar
Piroska Nagy
“Dolor de corazón”. Contrición, literatura espiritual y la formación de una sensibilidad religiosa postridentina
“Dolor de corazón”. Contrition, spiritual literature and the formation of a post-Tridentine religious sensibility
J. Carlos Vizuete Mendoza
Los Hombres de Wellington: “Amigos en el Averno”. La amistad, conjunto emocional de supervivencia entre las tropas británicas
Wellington´s Men: “Friends in the Avernus”. Friendship, emotional set for survival among the British troops.
José Gregorio Cayuela Fernández
Cartas y cuentos desde las cárceles de Franco
Letters and stories from Franco’s prisons
Julián López García, Alfonso M. Villalta Luna
Vínculos de Historia es una publicación anual electrónica, cuyo objetivo es el de ofrecer un foro de estudios planteados desde la transversalidad en el tiempo. Con ello se pretende contribuir a diseñar análisis históricos con perspectivas que trasciendan los compartimentos estancos por épocas, y que proporcionen una visión más completa y, por tanto, más compleja de la evolución de los procesos sociales.
Arrancó en 2012 con la aspiración de una calidad historiográfica creciente y con el empeño de cumplir los criterios de calidad exigidos por los índices y catálogos de referencia académicos más relevantes. Actualmente, los contenidos de Vínculos de historia están indexados en el directorio y en el catálogo de Latindex; la revista cumple el máximo de calidad requerido, esto es, la totalidad de los 36 criterios establecidos. Además, está indexada en la base de datos del ISOC, en DOAJ (Directory of Open Acces Journal), en Dialnet, en MIAR, en el directorio e-Revistas del CSIC y en RUIdeRA.
La revista publica artículos de investigación. Consta de tres secciones: un dossier monográfico, encargado por el equipo editorial a destacados historiadores españoles y extranjeros, que en el número 5 se centrará en Bandolerismo y violencia en bandas en la historia; otra parte de carácter misceláneo, que admite envíos abiertos; y la última dedicada a recensiones y notas críticas de libros, que también contempla los envíos abiertos (el consejo de redacción seleccionará entre las reseñas recibidas las que se vayan a  publicar según el interés, la calidad y la actualidad historiográfica de la obra reseñada). Puede consultarse aquí. http://vinculosdehistoria.com/index.php/vinculos
Invitamos a los especialistas de cualquier periodo y materia históricos a participar en la revista mediante el envío de artículos para la miscelánea y las reseñas del número 5, previsto para ser publicado en junio de 2016, y pedimos la difusión de la publicación en la comunidad científica. Se acepta la recepción de trabajos en español, inglés, francés, italiano y portugués. La recepción de originales permanece abierta durante todo el año. Los trabajos pueden enviarse a la dirección electrónica info@vinculosdehistoria.com.
Los textos tendrán que seguir las normas que constan en http://vinculosdehistoria.com/index.php/vinculos/about/submissions#authorGuidelines


Emotion and Medieval Media

source : Blog de Mary C. Flannery

Emotion and Medieval Media

19-20 June 2015, University of Lausanne, Switzerland


Emotion is culture[.]

Benedicte Grima


Emotions—whether past or present—are notoriously difficult to describe, define, and articulate. Yet the study of emotion has risen to worldwide prominence in recent years, and medievalists have been quick to incorporate the history of emotions into their research. ‘Emotion and Medieval Media’ (EMMe) aims to respond to these recent developments.

EMMe brings together medievalists working in a variety of disciplines in order to explore how different media shaped the experience and practice of emotion in the Middle Ages. It focuses on the cultural artefacts of the past–its literature, art, music, and architecture–in order to investigate the emotions of the past. Our two key aims will be: (1) to consider how medieval theories of emotion and cognition inform the creation and reception of different medieval media; and (2) to consider how attention to different media forms can inform the study of medieval emotion. Among the questions that will frame the workshop are the following:

– In what ways do different medieval media seek to engage with emotion via the senses? What differences and continuities may be uncovered in the ways that various medieval media work upon human emotion?

– How do medieval cultural artefacts reflect (or attempt to put into practice) medieval theories concerning the relationship between cognition and emotion?

– Does each medium engage with emotion in a unique and consistent way, or can we detect a variety of approaches within each medium?  Is there any overlap in the ways that different medieval media aim to stimulate emotion? Do the golden borders of illuminated manuscripts do the same kind of emotional work as the soaring spires of Gothic cathedrals?

– Some works, such as John Lydgate’s Danse macabre, were not only translated from one language into another (French into English), but from one medium into another (from a series of murals in a Paris chapel to a short English poem). How does remediation (the movement of a particular narrative or work of art between media) affect the representation or stimulation of emotion?

– To what extent does attention to such factors as medium, form, and genre shift our perspective regarding the theorization and/or experience of medieval emotions?

This project intervenes in the fields of medieval studies and the history of emotions by adopting a new perspective on the relationship between emotion and media in medieval culture. Only by turning our attention to how different media cultivate, represent, and exploit emotion can we fully understand the emotional life of the Middle Ages.



Friday 19 June 2015

All sessions apart from performances will take place in Anthropole 3032.


9.00am   Welcome & introductions (Mary C. Flannery, University of Lausanne)


9.30am    Session 1: Research Presentations (Chair: Camille Marshall, University of Lausanne)

‘Moved by Music: Problems in Approaching Emotional Expression in Gregorian Chant’ (Daniel J. DiCenso, College of the Holy Cross)

‘The Unsteady Ground of Friendship: A Case Study from the Stanzaic Morte Arthur‘ (Amy Brown, University of Geneva)

‘Romance Fluidity, Emotional Interpolations, and Blurring the Christian-Saracen Divide’ (Marcel Elias, University of Cambridge)


11.00am   Coffee break


11.30am   Session 2: Guided Analyses (Chair: Diana Denissen, University of Lausanne)

‘Passionate Skepticism: A Guided Reading of the Northampton Abraham Play’ (Charlotte Steenbrugge, University of Toronto/University of Glasgow)

‘A Feeling for Ivory’ (Catherine Yvard, The Courtauld Institute of Art)


1.00pm    Lunch


2.30pm    Session 3: Musical Performance in La Ferme (Chair: Mary C. Flannery)

‘A Pilgrimage Through Time and Emotion: A Concert of Medieval Vocal Music’ (Shauna Beesley, Rachael Beesley, Minna Harlan)


3.30pm    Coffee break


4.00pm    Session 4: Roundtable Discussion (Chair: Marleen Cré)

‘Swelling in Anger: Somatic Descriptors in Old English and Old Norse Literature’ (Sarah Baccianti, University of Lausanne)

‘Emotion in Medieval Literature: A Corpus-Linguistic Approach’ (Anita Auer, University of Lausanne)

‘Sweetness and the Power of Affectivity in Some Anglo-Norman and Middle English Lyrics’ (Denis Renevey, University of Lausanne)

‘Emotion and Late Medieval Drama’ (Tamara Haddad, University of Kent)


7.00pm    Dinner at the Restaurant du Théâtre


Saturday 20 June 2015


9.30am    Session 1: Research Presentations (Chair: Mary C. Flannery)

‘The Shoes of Heavenly Desires: Why the Affect Needs Shoes in Late Medieval Devotional Literature’ (Sarah Brazil, University of Geneva)

‘”But seeþ now what ioie comeþ”: Emotions in the Manuscripts of The Chastising of God’s Children’ (Marleen Cré, University of Lausanne)

‘The Writing of Emotions in Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess: Medical Discourse and Performance’ (Lucie Kaempfer, University of Lausanne)


11.00am   Coffee break


11.30am   Session 2: Guided Analyses (Chair: Sarah Baccianti)

‘Stitching, Embodying, Seeing Emotion: An Encounter with the Syon Cope (1300-1320)’ (Michaela Zöschg, Victoria & Albert Museum/The Courtauld Institute of Art)

‘Pain, Pleasure, and Performance: Public and Private Emotional Display before Christ Portrayed’ (Camille Marshall & Diana Denissen)


1.00pm    Lunch


2.30pm    Session 3: Theatrical Performance in La Ferme

‘Mixed Messages and Multimedia: Moving the Audience Through Medieval Drama’

Elisabeth Dutton (University of Fribourg) & Tamara Haddad (University of Kent)


3.30pm    Coffee break


4.00pm    Session 4: Concluding Keynote (Chair: Denis Renevey)

‘Response to the Workshop: Disciplines, Form, and Writing the History of Emotions’

Rita Copeland (University of Pennsylvania)


7.00pm    Dinner at the Restaurant du Port du Pully


Equivoques de la pudeur. Fabrique d’une passion à la Renaissance

Source : Droz

equivoques-de-la-pudeurDominique Brancher

Équivoques de la pudeur. Fabrique d’une passion à la Renaissance, Genève, Droz, à paraître.

« Qu’a fait l’action génitale aux hommes, si naturelle, si nécessaire, et si juste, pour n’en oser parler sans vergogne », s’indigne Montaigne qui ne se prive pas, quant à lui, de mettre la pudeur au service de l’économie sensuelle de son œuvre. Car qui « n’y va que d’une fesse » y va tout de même. Aussi fallait-il dégager la pudeur d’une approche anthropologique naïve, pour souligner l’ambiguïté d’une passion où le retour de l’obscène le dispute sans cesse au refoulement vertueux. Mesurer également combien la Renaissance dut repenser cette ambivalence, en confrontant l’héritage antique et médiéval à ses propres découvertes. Du De verecundia de Salutati (1390) jusqu’à l’officialisation du mot au XVIIe siècle par Vaugelas, s’invente en effet, au fil d’un débat où se croisent médecine, morale et rhétorique, un usage retors de la pudeur, à la fois épistémologique et poétique. Son enjeu n’est rien moins que le rôle assumé par les écritures du corps dans l’élaboration d’un savoir sexuel où la production de vérités conjugue toujours art érotique et art de ne pas dire.

la consolation de l’Antiquité grecque au XVIIe siècle

Une annonce faite avec retard…

3èmes Journées d’études sur la consolation de l’Antiquité grecque au XVIIe siècle: discours et pratiques 3-4 Juin2015 Montpellier

3-4 juin 2015

Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier (France)

Site Saint-Charles, salle des colloques 2

3èmes journées d’étude organisées par

Claudie Martin-Ulrich (Université de Pau/IRCL)

La consolation :
discours et pratiques de l’Antiquité grecque au XVIIe siècle

Mercredi 3 juin 2015

14h Accueil des participants

14h15 Chrystel Bernat (Institut Protestant de Théologie, Montpellier)
« Désolation, vocation, exemplarité. Un cœur militant dans l’adversité : les lettres de consolation de Théodore de Béringhen (1686-1700) »

15h15 Agnès Cousson (Université de Bretagne Occidentale) « La lettre de consolation à Port-Royal »

16h15 Discussions et table ronde animées par Christine Noille (Université de Grenoble Alpes)

Jeudi 4 juin 2015

9h Paule Desmoulière (Université de Paris IV)
« La consolatio mortis en vers dans les recueils poétiques (1570-1670) en France, Italie et îles britanniques »

10h Elena Taddia (Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles)
« Les confréries des confortatori en Italie (XVe-XVIIe siècles). Sources et perspectives de recherche »

11h Claudie Martin-Ulrich (Université de Pau)
« Une lettre de consolation d’Antoine de Nervèze : méthodologie d’édition de texte »

11h45 Discussions et table ronde animées par Jean Vignes (Université de Paris VII) 13h30

Michèle Gally (Aix Marseille Université)

« Tradition médiévale de la Consolation de la Philosophie de Boèce chez Jean de Meun et Abélard »

14h30 Gaëlle Viard (Aix Marseille Université)
« Variations sur le thème de la consolation dans l’œuvre de Venance Fortunat, poète de l’époque mérovingienne »

15h30 Sabine Luciani (Aix Marseille Université) « Lucrèce et la tradition de la consolation »

16h30 Discussions
17h Table ronde : bilan et perspectives

Deux conférences de B. H. Rosenwein (enregistrement)

Barbara H. Rosenwein a prononcé deux conférences à l’université d’Oxford en qualité de professeur invité au mois de mai dernier :

“How Can There Be A History of Emotions?” (11 mai 2015)

“Generations of Feeling:  An Overview and A Case Study” (13 mai 2015)

Enregistrement en accès libre

En attendant la parution de son nouveau livre, annoncé pour la fin de l’année : Generations of Feeling:  A History of Emotions, 600-1700. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press

Les Désordres de l’âme, anthropologie et politique des passions à l’âge baroque

source : Polysémie

VENDREDI 12 JUIN (17h30-19h30) : Les Désordres de l’âme, anthropologie et politique des passions à l’âge baroque.

Salle D 223, à la Maison de la Recherche, 28, rue Serpente, 75006 Paris : plan d’accès

– Laëtitia MARCUCCI (docteur en philosophie de l’Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis): « Approche philosophique des désordres de l’âme et du corps à la Renaissance et au premier XVIIe siècle au prisme de la physiognomonie et de la pathognomonie »

– Yann RODIER (docteur en histoire de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne) : « Les traités des passions: analyser et domestiquer les désordres de l’âme au lendemain des guerres de Religion (premier XVIIe siècle) » Résumé

Les émotions médiévales, actualité éditoriale en avant-première

Le mercredi 20 mai, le séminaire “Corps” de l’UMR Telemme (Aix-en-Provence, Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’homme, salle Témime, 9h30-12h00) s’intéresse aux émotions médiévales, et plus particulièrement aux projets éditoriaux en cours :

Didier Lett (Université de Paris VII) présentera le chapitre qu’il a écrit, consacré aux émotions familiales au Moyen Âge (XIIe-XVe siècle), à paraître dans le volume I de l’Histoire des émotions, dirigé par G. Vigarello.

Damien Boquet (Université d’Aix-Marseille) présentera le livre qu’il a co-écrit avec Piroska Nagy, Sensible Moyen Âge, à paraître aux éditions du Seuil cet automne.

Présentation du séminaire : cliquer ici